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Education Festival 2024 Programme

It is with great pleasure that we announce the programme of the UG Education Festival 2024. This year’s festival theme is Culture, Context & Collaboration, echoing the university's commitment to education that transcends conventional limits. It will be a week of inspiring keynotes, workshops, and networking sessions. For your convenience, the PDF programme with a total overview of the festival is available here. The Education Festival 2024 will take place from March 25th to 28th.

Monday 25th March

Location: House of Connections

13:00 - 14:00 Warm-up keynote: Seminar on Challenge Based Learning

Warm-up session: Seminar on Challenge based learning

Presenter: Antoine van Beemt

Description: Dive into a thought-provoking keynote session on Challenge-Based Learning (CBL), where we'll tackle the response of higher education to rapidly changing requirements for professionals. Explore different approaches to researching and implementing CBL, and get inspired by best practices in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contexts. Join us as we discuss how to make Challenge-Based Learning effective for a broader educational landscape.

14:00 - 15:00 Opening & Walk-in

Opening and Walk-in

Dr Jan Riezebos, the Academic Leader of the Teaching Academy Groningen, will open the Education Festival.

15:00 - 15:30 Education Grant Laureates

Education Grant Laureates

Description: Experience the stories of two or three dedicated teachers as they proudly present their noteworthy accomplishments made possible by grants, including the prestigious Comenius and SOTL. Join us for an insightful showcase where these educators share the real-world impact of their projects, shedding light on the practical outcomes of their initiatives.

15:30 - 16:30 Best Practice Award

Best Practice Awards

Rector Magnifcus Jacquelien Scherpen will announce the winners of the BPA 2024.

For more information, visit the Best Practice Awards webpage.

16:30 - 17:00 Stranger Things Have Happened

Stranger Things Have Happened Show

Stranger Things Have Happened is an international improv comedy group from Groningen. They perform improv comedy which involves scenes that are made up on the spot by the actors, usually inspired by suggestions taken from the audience. The result is a unique and fresh show that remains unpredictable for both the audience and the performers.

17:00 - 18:00 Posters & Opening Drinks

Poster session with drinks

Tuesday 26th March

Location: Zernike

09:00 - 11:00 How Can Education Help to Foster Well-being in Academia?

How Can Education Help to Foster Well-being in Academia?

Presenters: Maleah Knevel and Janet Jackson

Description: Explore the intricacies of teacher wellbeing in our upcoming workshop, where we delve into the holistic dimensions of individual, interpersonal, and organizational (cultural) levels. Join us for an insightful session designed to empower educators with strategies for personal resilience, enhance interpersonal connections within educational communities, and foster a positive organizational culture. Discover practical tools and mindfulness techniques to cultivate a balanced and thriving teaching environment, ensuring both personal fulfillment and collective success in the educational landscape.

11:00 - 13:00 Enhance Your Formative Feedback Strategy: Guided Reflection for Educators to Analyse and Refine Approaches

Enhance Your Formative Feedback Strategy: Guided Reflection for Educators to Analyse and Refine Approaches

Presenters: Edith Koh & Ferdinand van der Graaf

Description: Are you an educator seeking to foster proactive learning attitudes among your students yet uncertain about how to achieve this? Participate in a reflective activity that leads you to examine your teaching approach through the lens of formative feedback. Engage in interactive exchanges and collaborative discussions with fellow educators to acquire fresh perspectives and innovative concepts. At the end of this session, you will have an outline of a strategy for integrating feedback into your teaching to create enhanced learning experiences for students.

This session will be held in English.

13:00 - 14:30 The Role of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education in a Changing World

The Role of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education in a Changing World

Moderator: Sofie van den Eynde
1. Cato Drion
2. Veronica Allen
3. Andreea Sburlea
4. Michael Lerch
5. Pablo Druetta

Description: Explore the role of education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a changing world during our panel discussion. Our experts will delve into how education plays a pivotal role in preparing students for the challenges and opportunities in a rapidly evolving society. Join the dialogue and discover practical approaches and strategies to promote effective education, contributing to a future driven by innovation and knowledge.

This session will be held in English.

13:00 - 16:00 FEB Education Day 2024 - Resilient Education

FEB Education Day 2024 - Resilient Education

This event is organized by the Faculty of Business and Economics. Please register here .

It is with great pleasure that we announce the programme of the FEB Education Day 2024 ‘Resilient Education’. The FEB Education Day takes place on Tuesday 26 March, from 13:00 to 17:00h. During the afternoon you can visit several inspiring rounds of presentations and discussions highlighting educational innovations. We start the event with a plenary session about ‘resilient education’ and end the day with drinks and snacks. The event is part of the UG Education Festival organized by the TAG.

Location: House of Connections

09:00 - 10:00 Educational Grants: Funding your ideas in education

Educational grants: Funding your ideas in education

Presenter: Maaike Engels and Līga Kļaviņa

Description: Join us for an informative and engaging morning session dedicated to exploring the realm of educational grants. Discover the opportunities, strategies, and insights surrounding the acquisition and utilization of grants in the field of education.

10:00 - 11:30 A Showcase of Current Research into Higher Education

A showcase of current research into higher education

Presenter: Hanke Korpershoek

Description: Explore the latest developments in higher education research, highlighting interesting topics and creative methods aimed at encouraging university educators to reflect on and improve their teaching practices. This showcase seeks to spark an interest in practitioner research, motivating instructors to actively participate in research and contribute to the ongoing evolution of effective teaching methods.

11:30 - 13:00 Evaluating Teaching: Consultation on your teaching practice

Evaluating teaching: consultation on your teaching practice

Consultor: Hanke Korpershoek

Description: The CoP Research into Higher Education is offering a tailored, individualized consultation to explore your ideas on how to do research on an innovation or improvement of your own teaching practice. For example, we can discuss ways to evaluate the effect of your innovation on students’ learning or help you select suitable research designs and research methods.

15.00 - 16:00 In een mum van tijd feedback op schrijfvaardigheid

In een mum van tijd feedback op schrijfvaardigheid

Veel studenten hebben moeite met hun Nederlandse schrijfvaardigheid. Als vakdocent is het niet altijd makkelijk om hen hierbij te begeleiden. In deze introductieworkshop leggen wij daarom in slechts één uur tijd uit hoe je dat op efficiënte wijze kunt doen. Ons belangrijkste uitgangspunt is dat die begeleiding jou als docent geen extra tijd kost. We leggen uit waarom het averechts werkt als je de teksten zelf verbetert en we demonstreren wat wél werkt. De uitgebreide variant van deze workshop is sinds 2022 al negen keer op aanvraag verzorgd binnen verschillende opleidingen en leidde in bijna alle gevallen tot aanpassingen van het onderwijsprogramma.

This session will be held in Dutch.

16.00 - 17.00 Embodied learning: tools, advantages, and pitfalls

Embodied learning: tools, advantages, and pitfalls

Presenter: Andrea Sangiacomo

Description: In traditional classroom settings, most attention is focused on verbal communication. But we don't learn by simply listening and absorbing information: physical activation, metacognitive reflection and group interaction are also important dimensions that influence the learning process. Embodied learning can provide a set of tools to integrate these other dimensions into the classroom, to address specific issues such as self-consciousness or group anxiety, to develop soft skills related to metacognition, or to provide interactive and real-life examples of otherwise abstract concepts or ideas. In this workshop, we will experiment directly with some basic ways to implement embodied learning and some of the issues to consider when doing so.

Wednesday 27th March

Location: House of Connections

09:00 - 12:00 Crafting transformative change through empathy: A practical workshop

Crafting transformative change through empathy: A practical workshop

Presenters: Eloise Daumerie & Angelos Konstantinidis

Description: During this hands-on workshop, you will personally experience the positive impact of empathy on the quality of your interactions with fellow participants. Additionally, you will receive a brief introduction to the definition and components of empathy, along with an exploration of why empathy holds such significance in higher education in the 21st century. Following this, you will enhance your empathy skills through reflections, activities, and role play, utilizing models and insights from non-violent communication.

09:00 - 11:00 Challenge-based learning in the Enlight Global Engagement Module: Inclusion and Equality in Education

CBL in the Enlight Global Engagement Module: Inclusion and Equality in Education

Presenters: Indira van der Zande

Explore the innovative integration of Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) within the Enlight Global Engagement Module, designed to foster global competence among future citizens. In this workshop, participants will engage with the topic of global competence and transformative education, and practically experience the opportunities and challenges that CBL offers as a didactic method. Be inspired to translate the tips and tricks of this module to your own educational environments in the future!

11:00 - 13:00 First-generation students: studying without prior connections to the university

First-generation students: what if you don't have a wheelbarrow?

Presenter: Marco Boonstra

Description: All over the world, first-generation students, students without parents with higher education, have difficulties progressing in university. They have, for example, a higher risk for drop-out, study delay or have more negative study experiences. In this workshop, we use the experiences of medical students as a starting point to discuss the potential barriers and strengths of the first-generation students at your faculty. The number of medical students with highly educated parents is very high and estimated at around 80%. These students have a 'kruiwagen' (wheelbarrow) to help them pass the tests to become a student in medicine, but also during their studies. These students can, for example, ask for help when they need an internship or want to perform research. At the same time, first-generation students experience barriers during their studies. They, for example, report to have problems building a (professional) network and identifying or cooperating with supervisors and teachers. This is unfortunate because they possess strengths that can make them fantastic doctors. In this workshop, you will hear about their experiences, and we will discuss to what extent students at your faculty might relate to these experiences. We also reflect upon how you can make a difference for these students!

This session will be held in English.

13:00 - 15:00 Inclusivity problems faced by students and fellow lectures

Inclusivity problems faced by students and fellow lectures

Presenters: Jan Riezebos and Zoi Papadima

Engage in a collaborative brainstorming and discussion session centered around the challenges of inclusivity faced by both students and fellow lecturers. This interactive dialogue provides a platform to share experiences, insights, and potential solutions aimed at creating an inclusive learning environment. Together, we will explore strategies to address barriers, foster a sense of belonging, and promote equal opportunities within the educational sphere.

13:00 - 14:00 Technology & perceptions on AI in Education

Technology & perceptions of AI in Education

Embark on a unique journey as we host a lecturer's carousel, where educators share their diverse experiences with Artificial Intelligence in Education. Three lecturers discuss and show what they are doing now in their courses with AI:

  • Kristian Peters: Adapting course assignments for the GPT era: Strategies and implications for the upcoming academic year.
  • Kai Yu Ma: is an adaptive education application where students can practice different competencies by chatting with a programmed AI.
  • Jane Mahoney: Can AI carry out assessments reliably and consistently? A comparison between AI and teacher grading.
14:00 - 15:00 Starting inclusive education: examples from the Faculty of Law

Starting inclusive education: An interactive law example

Presenter: Michiel Duchateau and Barbara Brink

Description: This workshop discusses how lecturers can start teaching their courses in a more inclusive way without necessarily changing the learning aims of the course. It includes ‘successes’ and ‘failures’ from courses on law.

15:00 - 16:00 Inclusion in Education

Inclusion in Education

Presenter: Billie de Haas

Description: A project report on inclusive education at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences.

15.00 - 17.00 Autonomy and Interaction in the Active Learning Classroom

Autonomy and interaction in the active learning classroom

Presenter: Erika Darics

Description: This interactive workshop explores the transformative power of active learning pedagogy. The workshop - just like the educational practices we successfully tested for the second year in our Intercultural Communication course (offered to cca 160 students) - is grounded in evidence-based theories related to experiential learning. The hands-on workshop will allow participants not just to learn about but experience the activating potential of space, embodied learning and personal experience.

Thursday 28th March

Location: House of Connections

09:00 - 10:00 Teaching Research Methods through contextual and collaborative activities: Insights into course design and challenges

Teaching Research Methods through contextual and collaborative activities: Insights into course design and challenges

Presenter: Julia Martínez-Ariño

Description: In this workshop, we will explore the pedagogical benefits of contextual and collaborative learning in research methodology courses. We will delve into real-world case studies, extracting insights to inform effective course activities. Engaging in collaborative sessions, participants will design and share with the plenary contextually rich and engaging activities tailored to their research methodology courses. The workshop concludes with individual reflection to distil key insights and plans for application in their teaching practices.

10:00 - 12:00 The Effect of Cultural Biases on the Inclusive Classroom

The effect of cultural biases on the inclusive classroom

Presenter: Hanneke Boode

Diversity advocate Verna Meyers once described biases as “the stories we make up about people before we know who they actually are.” In this interactive workshop, we will explore these stories and discuss how we can alter some of the preconceptions we hold about others. In the second part of the workshop, we will specifically focus on cultural biases and their effect in and on our classrooms. We will discuss what it takes to break the bias habit in order to create an inclusive classroom.

12:30 - 15:30 Educational Expedition: 2024, AI in Education

Educational Expedition: 2024, AI in Education

Welcome to an exhilarating academic journey into the captivating world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education! Our guide for this thrilling exploration is Mr. Jetse Goris, a true pioneer in human-centred design at the University Medical Center of Groningen.

Embark with us if you are: Students, academic teachers, and education enthusiasts eager to unravel the wonders of AI in education!

Discover the following:

  1. Innovative A.I. Application: Let's delve into Mr Jetse Goris' groundbreaking work at the UMCG Innovation Support Center, where human-centred design transforms health care and medical education.

  2. Experiences of Early A.I. Adopters: Hear the tales of intrepid pioneers who ventured into A.I., navigating the uncharted territories of OpenAI's ChatGPT back in 2022.

  3. A.I. Tools in Academic Education: Join us for a lively discussion on the real-world applications of A.I. tools in academic settings – from online teaching adventures to the dynamic landscapes of active learning classrooms.

  4. Values and Intentions in A.I.: Reflect on the heartbeat of A.I. – its values and intentions – and explore how they align with the vibrant culture of academia.

  5. Aligning with Commercial Interests: Uncover the synergy between academic values and the intriguing interests of commercial entities like OpenAI. It's a rendezvous of minds!

What awaits you?

  • Deeper Understanding: We'll unravel the mysteries of AI in academic education, understanding its potential and pitfalls.

  • Tool Exploration: Join the excitement as we learn about A.I. tools from experts and fellow education enthusiasts.

  • Beyond Technology: Take a step back and explore the values, designers' intent, and the reflective opportunities that AI brings to the educational landscape.

Join us for a vibrant academic adventure into the realm of AI in education – where innovation meets exploration!

15:30 - 16:00 Music performance

A music perfomance will be given by local band Matoya.

16:00 - 18:00 Posters and Closing Drinks

Posters and Closing Drinks

Closing words along with a poster session and drinks.

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